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Arthur Russell – The Sleeping Bag Sessions
Thursday, January 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Arthur Russell – The Sleeping Bag Sessions

Image: 1544329 Back In Stock ! Whether it’s Hip Hop, it’s face pointed reverentially to the Old School, or House stealing Disco riffs by the truck load, people are increasingly intrigued by back-in-the-day. And common to both the aforementioned scenes and much more is one person, Arthur Russell, a man some regard as the best songwriter of the 20th century. In 1981 Arthur set up Sleeping Bag Records with Will Socolov. The first release was the album “24-24 Music” as Dinosaur L. If you’re wondering about the name it would appear Arthur would often use the names of extinct or near-extinct animals. On one production credit he’s “Killer Whale, whilst the logo for Sleeping Bag is a Koala bear! Will remembers how they came up with the name for their label. “We were joking about names, and James Brown was on with “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” and I was sleeping in a sleeping bag in my apartment and I kind of made a joke about that, and Arthur said that was a great idea for the name of the company!” The line up was pretty much the same as the Loose Joints sessions, (which boasted the Ingram Brothers rhythm section) and a similar stream-of-conscience approach was taken with the recording itself. Russell arranged the beats so there’d be a change every 24 bars (hence the title) and the band would have to
improvise the songs over the top. He also made sure he went into the studio when there was a full moon! The album is again very experimental, and makes occasional uneasy listening but the same magic is very much in evidence. Arthur would continue to be involved in production and mixing duties for the label, but parted company with Socolov in 1985. Arthur sadly died of AIDS in 1992 leaving behind many songs, as one obituary
put it, it was though he simply vanished into his music.

A1. Bonzo Goes To Washington — 5 Minutes (B-B-B Bombing Mix)
A2. Felix — Tiger Stripes (Extended Version)
A3. Felix — You Cant Hold Me Down (Extended Version)
B1. Clandestine featuring Ned Sublette — Radio Rhythm
(S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T) (Extra Cheese Mix)
B2. Sounds Of JHS 126 Brooklyn — Chill Pill (Underwater Mix)
C1. Indian Ocean — School Bell/Tree House (Original 12” Version)
C2. Indian Ocean — Treehouse (Extended Bootleg Edit)
D1. Dinosaur L — Go Bang! (Walter Gibbons Mix)
D2. Bonzo Goes To Washington — 5 Minutes (R-R-R Radio Mix)
D3. Clandestine featuring Ned Sublette — Radio Rhythm
(S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T) (Dub Mix) (Killer Whale) Available from 05.02.2016

Various – Sources: The Sleeping Bag Records Anthology
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Sources: The Sleeping Bag Records Anthology

Image: 1599987 The third Sources package comes from one perhaps one of the most radical of the New York underground independent labels in several different areas – Avant-Garde, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap and Freestyle, so welcome to the one and only Sleeping Bag Records from New York. Founded in 1981 by the Avante-Garde musician Arthur Russell together with Will Socolov and Juggy Gayles, the label kicked off with the seminal ‘Go Bang!’ by Dinosaur L aka Arthur Russell and quickly established itself with further dancefloor smashes from Class Action, the Jamaica Girls and Konk among others. However undoubtedly one of Sleeping Bag’s most significant signings would turn out to be producer extraordinaire Kurtis Mantronik, who, with rapper MC Tee under the name Mantronix, would produce many of the most cutting-edge Hip-Hip/Rap and Electro classics of the 1980s including ‘Needle To The Groove’, ‘Ladies’, ‘Bassline’ and ‘Who Is It’, all of which are included here as well as producing a brace of international smash hits for Joyce Sims including the electro-funk masterpiece ‘(You Are My) All & All’ and the super-slinky ‘Come Into My Life’. Sleeping Bag would remain at the forefront of dance music culture with numerous other significant dance-floor smashes from the likes of Tricky Tee, Felix, Nocera, Dhar Braxton and Kariya’s brilliant ‘Let Me Love For Tonight’ among many others. In many ways Sleeping Bag exemplified the perfect New York independent label of the 1980s with its shrewd A&R philosophy and an interesting balance of staff who were divided between old music industry veterans together with a brace of young keen new inductees who kept the label close to the streets – a winning combination all round. Out of all the labels featured in the Sources series, Sleeping Bag was the most consistently successful in its era and was undoubtedly the label which was the most hardwired into the sensibilities of the times. This is the most comprehensive anthology available of one of the greatest independent record labels of the 1980s.

TRACK LISTING:

A1. Dinosaur L – Go Bang – Walter Gibbons Mix
A2. Sound Of JHS126 – Chill Pill – Under Water Mix
B1. Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight
B2. Clandestine feat Ned Sublette – Radio Rhythm
C1. Joyce Sims – Come Into My Life
C2. Tricky Tee – Johnny The Fox
D1. Dhar Braxton – Jump Back Set Me Free
D2. Mantonis feat MC Tea – Fresh Is The Word
E1. Class Action feat Chris Wiltshire – Weekend – Larry Levan Mix
E2. Indian Ocean – Treehouse School Bell
F1. Felix – Tiger Stripes
F2. Ecstasy – Dont Play Me Raw
Available from 16.10.2015

Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music

Image: 488745 Repress! Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the
late seventies and through the eighties was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative
and left field dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time.
He was a cellist who studied classical and Indian music. As well as his great strides in dance music he
was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in
a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored
several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan
was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide
club hits and are still played today as classics. His records have influenced the scene from his first
dance record in 1979 to the present day and his work has been much sampled.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene,
his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world, so his spirit lives on.
Sleeping Bag Records and Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Dinosaur L’s “24->24
Music“ for the first time ever on double LP. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12”
remixes and edits.

A1. #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
B1. #7
B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
B3. #6 (Get Set)
C1. Clean On Your Bean #1
C2. #5 (Go Bang!) (Francois K Mix)
D1. Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit)
D2. In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Mix) Available from 08.09.2017

Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dinosaur L – 24/24 Music

Image: 488745 Repress! Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to dance music from the
late seventies and through the eighties was formidable but only quietly acknowledged. His innovative
and left field dance records were way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time.
He was a cellist who studied classical and Indian music. As well as his great strides in dance music he
was also involved in the New York downtown avant-garde music scene and produced some albums in
a more avant-garde/experimental vein as well as trying his own unique approach to pop. He scored
several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan
was a huge supporter). His biggest tunes, “Go Bang!” and “Is It All Over My Face?” were worldwide
club hits and are still played today as classics. His records have influenced the scene from his first
dance record in 1979 to the present day and his work has been much sampled.
Sadly Arthur died in 1992, but his music lives on and his influence is still felt on the dance music scene,
his tunes still sound great and are still moving many dancers around the world, so his spirit lives on.
Sleeping Bag Records and Traffic Entertainment Group is proud to present Dinosaur L’s “24->24
Music“ for the first time ever on double LP. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12”
remixes and edits.

A1. #1 (You’re Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean)
A2. #5 (Go Bang!)
A3. #2 (No, Thank You)
B1. #7
B2. #3 (In The Corn Belt)
B3. #6 (Get Set)
C1. Clean On Your Bean #1
C2. #5 (Go Bang!) (Francois K Mix)
D1. Go Bang! (Thank You Arthur Edit)
D2. In The Corn Belt (Larry Levan Mix) Available from 08.09.2017

Mantronix – King Of The Beats (Anthology 1985-1988)
Friday, April 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mantronix – King Of The Beats (Anthology 1985-1988)

Image: 1609129 Mitte bis Ende der 80er Jahre kreierten Mantronix eine ganz neue Form des damals so populären Electro-Funk-Sounds. DJ Kurtis Mantronik und der Rapper MC Tee setzten dafür auf polyrhythmische Strukturen, wie sie auch in der Musik Westafrikas vorkommen, allerdings verwendeten sie statt traditionellen Drums eine Kombination aus elektronischen Drumsounds, originellen Basslines, Synthesizern und durch Vocoder gespeiste Vocals. Hier waren keine James Brown-Samples zu finden. Mantronix standen für wahrhaft elektronische Musik in Reinform. In den Fußstapfen von “Planet Rock” mischten sie Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash und Kraftwerk in erfrischender Weise zu einem einzigartigen Cocktail. Diese Compilation versammelt die essentiellen Werke von Mantronix sowie Produktionen von Curtis Mantronic für T La Rock, Just Ice und Tricky Tee aus dem Sleeping Bag/Warlock-Katalog. Available from 07.04.2017

Mantronix – King Of The Beats (Anthology 1985-1988)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mantronix – King Of The Beats (Anthology 1985-1988)

Image: 1575034 How do you define the music of Mantronix? Is it Hip Hop? Electro? Funk? House? Maybe the answer is all of the above (or
is it none of the above?). It is true that Mantronix will be remembered for their multi-faceted sound as well as their ability to
bend and blend genres flawlessly into a cohesive musical tapestry, but they will also most importantly they will be
remembered as musical innovators and sub- genre pioneers.
Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 80s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut:
Mantronix: The Album shot to commercial success on the strength of their debut single, “Fresh Is The Word”. The influence
of this groundbreaking debut is still felt in popular music today, having been sampled by the likes of Beastie Boys, Beck,
The Prodigy and more.
Kurtis Mantronik was also as dangerous behind the desk as he was behind the boards. Working as A&R for Sleeping Bag
while signed to the label, Mantronik also helped recruit, sign, and produce for artists such as T La Rock and Just-Ice.
Notable records from this era include, Just Ice’s “Cold Gettin’ Dumb” and “Back to the Old School” as well as T La Rock’s
“Breaking Bells (12″ Version)”.
Now available for the first time ever, Traffic Entertainment Group in conjunction with Sleeping Bag Records and Warlock
Entertainment present, Mantronix: King of the Beats, The Anthology 1985-1988. This carefully curated double LP compilation
combines the best of Mantronix’s work from the early, and arguably, best era of their career into one amazing listening
experience. Whether you are an avid Mantronix fan or are looking for a place to start – this is the collection to wrap your
ears around.

A1. Mantronix – Needle To The Groove (12” Version)
A2. T La Rock – Breaking Bells (12” Version)
A3. Just-Ice – Back To The Old School
B1. Mantronix – Fresh Is The Word (12” Version)
B2. Just-Ice – Turbo Charged
B3. T La Rock – Breaking Bells (Dub Version)
C1. Mantronix – We Control The Dice
C2. Just-Ice – Cold Getting Dumb
C3. Just-Ice – Cold Getting Dumb II
C4. T La Rock – Bass Machine (12” Version)
D1. Mantronix – Bassline
D2. Tricky Tee – Johnny The Fox
D3. Mantronix – Fresh Is The Word ‘88 Available from 31.03.2017

Class Action – Weekend
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Class Action – Weekend

Image: 1603221 “Tonight is partytime, it’s partytime tonight!”
Donna Summer “Thanked God” for Friday. The Beegees sang about Saturday night. Sure. Yet in New York City, this post-disco
song is the undisputed dance anthem when it comes to weekend celebrations. Originally written by James Calloway and Leroy
Burgess for Patrick Adams’ Phreek only to re-surface five years later as Class Action, the updated version became a classic on the
radio and in every club in the Big Apple and beyond. Produced by Bob & Lola Blank this Sleeping Bag Records classic has had more
lives than a cat. Heavily sampled in house music and hip hop, there is no doubt there’s always a party to be had. When it comes
to the production side of things, ‘Weekend’ had some heavy weight producers beind the mixing board. Mixed by John Morales &
Sergio Munzibai (aka M&M) and remixed by Larry Levan at the pinacle of his career, it’s easy to see how this became and instant
classic. The M & M mix retains more of the spirit and structure of Disco focusing on the Rhythms and allowing the mix to bring out
the incredible vocals of Christine Wiltshire for what became an anthem of female empowerment on the dancefloor. On the B-Side,
Larry gives what became the trademark sound of the Paradise Garage with Deep Dubbed out remixes consisting of tape loops,
vocal Echoes and delays and a big emphasis on the EQ of the Drums.
To complete the total package, The 12-inch comes with a Dub version and an acapella for all the DJs.

A WEEKEND (Vocal)
Time: 9:38
WEEKEND (Dub)
Time: 8:24

SIDE B
WEEKEND (Larry Levan Mix)
Time: 8:02
WEEKEND (Acapella)
Time: 3:03 Available from 15.04.2016

Mantronix – Needle To The Groove/Fresh Is The Word
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mantronix – Needle To The Groove/Fresh Is The Word

Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 80s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut – Mantronix: The Album shot to commercial success with its wildly futuristic sound that is summed up perfectly with the two songs featured on thi…

Felix (Arthur Russell & Nicky Siano) – Tiger Stripes
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Felix (Arthur Russell & Nicky Siano) – Tiger Stripes

Image: 1590167 Very rare early Arthur Russell & Nicky Siano co-produced single from 1984! Re released in conjunction with Arthur Russell’s co-founded Sleeping Bag Records. Re-mastered for 2014 and in original Sleeping Bag artwork. Contains both the original and extended mixes.

A1. Tiger Stripes
A2. Tiger Stripes (Extended Version)
B1. You Can’t Hold Me Down
B2. You Can’t Hold Me Down (Extended Version) Available from 18.07.2014

Just Ice – Sir Vicious – The Best Of Just Ice
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Just Ice – Sir Vicious – The Best Of Just Ice

Image: 1580667 Beginnend mit seinem Debütalbum “Back To The Old School”, entdeckten Hip Hop-Fans weltweit Just Ice als einen MC, der es so hart rüberbrachte, dass er fortan mit dem Label “Hardcore Rap” versehen wurde. Vielleicht hatte seine Vergangenheit als Türsteher in Punk Rock-Clubs mit seiner “Hardcore”-Einstellung zu tun, oder auch seine Sozialisation in einem Brooklyn der Pre-Hipster Era. Die agressiven Inhalte wurden von Kurtis Mantroniks Produktion akzentuiert. Als der wiederum das Label Sleeping Bag / Fresh verliess, wechselte Just Ice für die Nachfolger “Kool & Deadly” und “The Desolate One” zu KRS Ones BDP Crew. Für das Album “Masterpiece” arbeitete er mit Grandmaster Flash zusammen. Nun erscheint erstmals eine ‘Best Of’-Sammlung des “Original Gangster Of Hip Hop” Just Ice. Available from 17.05.2013

A classic rap mix by Stones Throw founder and DJ extraordinaire Peanut Butter Wolf …
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After catching wreck on dozens of 45-only (aka donuts) hip-hop sets worldwide, Peanut Butter Wolf has gotten together with the good folks at Traffic Entertainment to put together this insane mix of rap 45’s. Peanut Butter Wolf personally hand picked this selection of 19 classic hip-hop cuts and blended them together with a certain skill […]

DJ Emilio
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Stuttgart’s DJ Emilio started to collect records way back in 1991. During the 90s he established himself as one of the best and most prominent DJs in southern Germany and he was working as resident in clubs like “Das Unbekannte Tier”, “Red Dog” and the legendary “0711 Club”. Besides sharing stages with Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan […]

Staff Charts 2014
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Das Jahr 2014 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Angestellten von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen musikalischen Highlights der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend haben wir ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen Geschäftspartnern, Medienpartnern, […]

Read Egon’s diary of the Funky 16 Corners European tour …
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